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Need Help Deciding Saturday Night Meal

I just realized I was double-booked at Coquette this weekend, and while I adore Coquette, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch might rob me of some lovely variety. Any thoughts on where I should go on Saturday night? I'm on option overload right now. We're going to dinner at Green Goddess on Sunday, lunch at Parkway on Monday and dinner Monday night at August. I've had a wonderful meal at MiLa and am not opposed to throwing them back in the rotation. I've eaten at Brigtsens and liked it, but probably don't want to go back this trip.

I would also love some suggestions for places to take my foodie friends for lunch on Tuesday (one is a chef, and one is a restaurant GM). Maybe we should do lunch at MiLa on Tuesday? Despite how it sounds, I'm really not hung up on MiLa. I just feel a little bad we haven't been back after having such a great initial meal there.

So I guess that's really two requests. If it helps, we are staying in the FQ, but are always willing to travel for good food. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have you been to Galatoire's. It's one of my favorites. Bayona and Stella are both outstanding. I absolutely love Emeril's. Tommy's is nice also.

    1. MiLa for lunch sounds good- and maybe Iris, Feast, or Le Foret for dinner? Have also heard good things about Meson 923.

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      Le Foret
      129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. If Herbsaint is new to you, that is your answer. Or maybe the hidden gem to many from out of town, Gautreau's on Soniat Street in uptown New Orleans. You'd drive right by it, no sign.

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Gautreau's Restaurant
        1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. Thanks for all your great suggestions! Out of your suggestions, we've only been to Bayona. So it looks like I have a decision to make!

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          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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          1. re: txgrl99

            Since you have not been to Galatoire's please try them. It's one of NOLA's finest restaurants and the food is outstanding. You will be pleased. I would have lunch at Emeril's on Tuesday. Good luck.

            Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.
            http://www.galatoires.com/

            1. re: Littleman

              They are completely booked on Saturday, as is Stella. Rats! Emeril's doesn't have anything available until 11:15, a little late for me (I like them for lunch, though). I think Clancy's looks intriguing, as does Herbsaint.

              1. re: txgrl99

                The upstairs may be booked but not downstairs and that is where you want to be anyway....go at 4:30 and you'll get right in.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Great suggestion. Thanks! Anything specific I should order?

                  1. re: txgrl99

                    The mixed appetizer with oysters brochette is nice for a table of 4. Crab Maisson is nice and the trout broiled with crabmeat on top is nice. The soft shell crabs are nice also.

                    If there is no line at 4:30 have a few drinks close by and keep check to see if there is a line. Sometimes you can get in easily but sometimes not so.

                    1. re: txgrl99

                      The Grand Goute appetizer is a collection of crowd favorites..the remoulade (included) is generally accepted to be The Standard among the red remoulades. I like crabmeat canape lorenzo which is a ball of crabmeat held together witha bechamel then baked...it has crossed anchovies so nix that outright if you don't like hairy fish---you can give them to me. Check with the waiter..and relax, don't rush. You'll get good advice. I go course-by-course. Sauteed soft shells are always good, too.

                      1. re: txgrl99

                        Throw yourself at the "mercy" of your server. He/she will know what is happening in the kitchen. Tell them of any food issues (wife cannot do bi-valves, so no oysters, mussels, scallops, etc.), and let them direct you. The redfish might have been great for me, but if it's not up to par, the server will tell you.

                        Just trust, and you shall be rewarded.

                        Enjoy,

                        Hunt

                      2. re: hazelhurst

                        Great suggestion, with which I would agree. If one does NOT have other events, or guests with tight schedules, then standing in line is the way to go. We normally have those "other" guests, but when it's just us, the "line" is the way to go.

                        To miss Galetoire's, tantamount to "missing New Orleans." At least in our book.

                        Enjoy,

                        Hunt